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Scam: We have evidence to nail Hanafi, says EFCC

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA—The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  (EFCC), yesterday, said it has enough evidence to prove that the former Director of Finance in the Federal Ministry of Health, Mallam Hanafi Mohammed, actually played a key role in the diversion of the N300m unspent budget from the Federal Ministry of Health.

The anti-graft agency made this disclosure yesterday, while urging the Court of Appeal Abuja division, to jettison two interlocutory applications that were filed before it by the accused person.

Hanafi in his appeals, prayed the appellate court to void his continued trial at the Abuja high court, on the grounds that he was earlier discharged from the case by the EFCC for want of incriminating evidence, but only to be re-arrested again on the same subject matter.

Arguing through his lawyer, Chief O .I. Olorundare (SAN) yesterday, Hanafi relied upon the decided cases of his former co-accused, Architect Gabriel Aduku who was also re-arrested but later discharged by the appeal court, and that of the Rivers State Chief of Staff, Chief Nyesom Wike, to insist that he could only be prosecuted when the EFCC is able to uncovers prima facie evidence against him.

In swift reaction however, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Toni Pinaro yesterday urged the appeal court to dismiss the two appeals for lacking in merit, adding that it constituted an abuse of court process.


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